The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising, by Gilbert Achcar


The People Want
  • Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863568992
  • eISBN: 9780863568329
  • Published: June 2013
  • UK Price: £16.99
  • Format: 153 x 234 mm (Royal)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 288pp
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The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

The People Want

A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

Gilbert Achcar

‘The people want …’: the first part of the slogan chanted by millions of Arab protestors since 2011 revealed a long-repressed craving for democracy. But huge social and economic problems were also laid bare by the protesters’ demands. Although Islamist parties did not initiate the protest movement, they have benefitted the most from the power vacuum that followed the ousting of the rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

In this landmark work, Gilbert Achcar sheds light on the social, economic, historical and political background to the on-going Arab Uprising and assesses its future prospects. With incisive and invaluable insight, Achcar investigates why the liberals and the Left failed to capitalise on the initial momentum and assesses whether the Islamist parties will be able to steer their countries out of their present crisis.

About the Author(s)

Gilbert Achcar is Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His other works include The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab–Israeli War of Narratives and Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy, with Noam Chomsky.

Table of Contents.

INTRODUCTION : UPRISINGS AND REVOLUTIONS

 

1. FETTERED DEVELOPMENT

 

            THE FACTS

 

            – POVERTY, INEQUALITY, PRECARITY

 

            – INFORMAL SECTOR AND UNEMPLOYMENT: THE BOUAZIZI SYNDROME

 

            – YOUTH UNDEREMPLOYMENT

 

            – FEMALE UNDEREMPLOYMENT

 

            – GRADUATE UNEMPLOYMENT

 

            – FETTERS ON DEVELOPMENT

 

2. THE PECULIAR MODALITIES OF CAPITALISM IN THE ARAB REGION

 

            – THE PROBLEM OF INVESTMENT

 

            – public and private investment

 

            – A SPECIFIC VARIANT OF THE CAPITALIST MODE OF PRODUCTION

 

                        1. RENTIER AND PATRIMONIAL STATES

 

            2. A POLITICALLY DETERMINED CAPITALISM: NEPOTISM AND RISK

 

 – THE GENESIS OF THE SPECIFIC REGIONAL VARIANT OF CAPITALISM: AN OVERVIEW

 

3. REGIONAL POLITICAL FACTORS

 

            – THE OIL CURSE

 

 – FROM “ARAB DESPOTIC EXCEPTION” TO “DEMOCRACY PROMOTION”

 

 – THE MUSLIM BROTHERS, WASHINGTON, AND THE SAUDIS

 

 – THE MUSLIM BROTHERS, WASHINGTON, AND QATAR

 

 – AL JAZEERA AND THE UPHEAVAL IN THE ARAB MEDIASCAPE

 

4. ACTORS AND PARAMETERS OF THE REVOLUTION

 

            – OVERDETERMINATION AND SUBJECTIVE CONDITIONS

 

            – THE WORKERS’ MOVEMENT AND SOCIAL STRUGGLES

 

 – NEW ACTORS AND NEW INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES

 

            – STATES AND REVOLUTIONS

 

5. A PROVISIONAL BALANCE SHEET OF THE ARAB UPRISING

 

            – COUPS D’ETAT AND REVOLUTIONS

 

            – PROVISIONAL BALANCE SHEET NO. 1: TUNISIA

 

            – PROVISIONAL BALANCE SHEET NO. 2: EGYPT

 

            – PROVISIONAL BALANCE SHEET NO. 3: YEMEN

 

            – PROVISIONAL BALANCE SHEET NO. 4: BAHRAIN

 

            – PROVISIONAL BALANCE SHEET NO. 5: LIBYA

 

            – PROVISIONAL BALANCE SHEET NO. 6: SYRIA

 

6. CO-OPTING THE UPRISING

 

            – WASHINGTON AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERS, TAKE TWO

 

            – NATO, LIBYA, AND SYRIA

 

– THE “ISLAMIC TSUNAMI” AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KHOMEINI AND MORSI

 

CONCLUSION: THE FUTURE OF THE ARAB UPRISING

 

            – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ERDOGAN AND GHANNOUCHI …         

 

            – … AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ERDOGAN AND MORSI

 

            CONDITIONS FOR A GENUINE SOLUTION

 

NOTES

 

REFERENCES AND SOURCES

INDEX

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